English 1A


MW 6-7:50 PM


Colusa County Outreach Facility

English 1A – College Composition and Reading


Instructor: Melissa Gunby
Phone: 530-508-6501 Mon/Weds: 6-7:50 PM
e-mail: msgunby@gmail.com Office Hours: MW 8-8:30 PM
website: mgunby.wikispaces.com



Course Description:
Development of analytical reading and the writing of college-level essays, including critical analysis, rhetorical forms, and collegiate research. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Placement Examination and appropriate skills and knowledge or a grade of "C" or better in ENGL 51.

Course Goals:
Over the course of this class you will
v Develop and apply critical reading and critical thinking skills to writing
v Demonstrate understanding that writing is a process
v Write essays with a clear and supported thesis
v Develop and apply self- and peer-editing skills, and revising methods
v Demonstrate knowledge of MLA style and documentation
v Participate in critical discussion
v Pass a holistically scored department final exam

Course Overview:
This is a skills building course, and reading and writing will be at the center of the course. We will write several large assignments for this class, and do frequent in-class writing, along with homework and other small assignments.

There will be assigned homework on an almost nightly basis. Homework will be a combination of assignments from the reader and handouts.


English Program SLOs

Communication–Students will be able to write clearly and concisely on assigned topics consistent with and appropriate for the intended audience and purpose.

Critical Thinking–Students will be able to interpret, analyze, or respond to the writing of others and incorporate the ideas of others in their own writing.

Course SLOs
Critical Thinking: Students will be able to write an essay that analyzes and evaluates the thesis, tone, and support points of a formal essay.
Assessment: Holistically scored departmental final exam.

Communication: Students will be able to write an essay that develops and supports a clear thesis statement.
Assessment: Holistically scored departmental final exam.
Required Texts and Materials:
Please note: You are required to bring all materials to class on the appropriate day.

Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. New York: Random House. 2000. Print.
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8358-6

Gray-Rosendale, Laura. Pop Perspectives. New York: McGraw/Hill, 2008. Print
ISBN: 978-0-07-293365-9

Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference: with exercises. 6th ed. Boston, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. Print
ISBN: 978-0-312-66477-0

Notebook or loose-leaf binder paper for in class writing and note taking
Pens, pencils, highlighters

Internet access is required for this class. All essays and drafts will be submitted online, and many course materials will be made available from the class website.

Recommended texts/materials:
Collegiate dictionary and thesaurus
Floppy disk, flash drive, or some other external source to save your documents